Your weekly streaming pick has arrived! Between Two Ferns was a web series on funnyordie.com. The short form talk show format has now been made into a feature length movie. The Netflix original movie is a hilarious take on a concept that everyone involved understands is ridiculous.
For those that haven’t been on the internet, Between Two Ferns is a mock talk show. Host Zach Galifianakis sits with a celebrity and dresses them down in the form of uncomfortable questions. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. It’s genius comedy.
Now you may be asking yourself, how do you make that a movie? Did they just take a handful of these interviews and weave them together with a flimsy plot? Yes. Except they used two handfuls.
The Movie is a Netflix Original
A douchey version of Will Ferrell muscles Galifianakis into doing the show in the first place. In the movie Between Two Ferns is on public access. A problem in the studio forces Galifianakis to take the show on the road. Ferrell gives him the (difficult?) task of getting ten interviews done in two weeks. If Galifianakis can pull it off he’ll be rewarded with his own late night show. The how and the why of it all doesn’t matter, at all. Galifianakis talks his small crew into going on the road with him, though he doesn’t respect them or care for them at all.
The bits that weave the movie together are intentionally stupid and ham-fisted. There is no subtlety in the story telling as Galifianakis, when he is most likely to quit, watches a game show called something like Don’t Ever Give Up where the contestant says she feels like crap and is at her low point but will make it better. Not so subtle nods like this poke fun of a thousand movies we’ve all seen. The important thing is that it gets us to the next awkward celebrity encounter.
The movie is well worth a watch. Despite a couple missteps post Hangover, Galifianakis is hysterical. The supporting cast is strong as well. Do your best to not look into every interview and cameo in the movie. The majority of the fun is in discovering who’s coming next.